Publisher’s Summary: ““WAR ON CHRISTMAS,” Part Three Our hero learns the terrible truth about his four-legged best friend while the rest of the gang battles a ruthless band of horse-thieves. No seriously. They’re horses AND they’re thieves. More insane fantasy adventure from MIKE NORTON, ALLEN PASSALAQUA, and CRANK!”
Previous Reviews: Battlepug #1
The last Kinmundian has lost the fight and lost his dog and is now at the mercy of the ruthless Queen of the Northland Elves (the worst kind of elves). Meanwhile, his friends have to make do without his brawn as they been waylaid on the road and have to battle evil doing tattooed talking equines. It looks like all is lost until somebody loses their temper.
Just the simple fact that there is a “Battlepug” makes it hard to take this story seriously, but despite the silly concept, Mike Norton’s irreverent humor does not take away from the rest of the comic. It is packed full of impressive epic battles, fully realized secondary characters, and exciting magic. Not only is the first part of the issue about the captured Kinmundian at the mercy of someone who really holds a grudge, enough to hold interest, but in the second part of the narrative, the big bad horsies are hilarious and pretty, and also pretty scary.
In addition, Mike Norton’s artwork is just as inspired, as the text, completely gory and totally gorgeous at the same time.
The Bottom Line
Battlepug enchants and entertains with humor and action. It is actually funny and just serious enough to keep things interesting.